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“This ain’t your mama’s solo Chris Ross record,” Ross told me last week of “Over Lonesome,” the second album recorded by Chris Ross & the North.  The disc is set for release on June 2 and will coincide with an album release concert scheduled for that evening at Bar Harbor’s historic Criterion Theatre.  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:50

The voice of Toto returns

Written by Mike Dow

Singer Bobby Kimball issues sixth solo album

After nearly four decades as a band, Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno says the group is taking a DIY approach to getting their music to fans. Instead of relying on record companies, Loverboy is releasing a new song each month for free through their website. The latest is “Stop the Rain” and it’s accompanied by a fan-produced video that is out of this world. Mike Reno checked in last week to discuss the present, past and future of Loverboy. 

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:16

Phish rip it up on ‘St Louis ‘93’

Written by Mike Dow

Still wondering what the fuss is about regarding Phish? The band’s newly issued six-CD box set “St. Louis ’93” explains it as well as anything. The collection comprises two complete concerts, performed four months apart, at the 1,700-seat capacity American Theater in St. Louis. 

Steve Hackett, virtuoso guitarist and former member of Genesis during their pre-hit single, progressive years (1970-1976), has just released his 25th solo album – titled “The Night Siren” - on Inside Out Music, a Sony imprint. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:12

‘Bye Bye Johnny’ – Chuck Berry checks out at 90

Written by Mike Dow

Last October, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry’s social media accounts released an image of the man, based on a 1969 photograph by Jim Marshall, announcing his first newly-recorded album in nearly four decades. I had hoped Chuck would still be with us when the album was eventually released this year, but it wasn’t meant to be. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:08

Aaron Watson turns the music industry on its head

Written by Mike Dow

Indie country artist’s latest number one album is “Vaquero”

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:38

Some March music releases

Written by Mike Dow

Highlights include The Shins, Trace Adkins, Bob Dylan

As leader of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” during both incarnations of David Letterman’s late-night show, Paul Shaffer had one of the most enviable gigs on the planet. When Letterman retired on May 20, 2015, Shaffer initially welcomed the opportunity for a break. 

ORONO – Music from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is coming to the Collins Center for the Arts stage.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is presenting “The Music of Star Wars” for two performances at the CCA, located on the University of Maine campus. The shows are taking place on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 3 p.m.

 

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